Little piggy needs a home

Published 10:59 pm Friday, September 4, 2009

Most residents at the Suffolk Animal Control shelter say “woof” or “meow.”

This one says “oink.”

For a week now, a 1-year-old, cream-colored male pig has occupied kennel No. 2 at the animal shelter on Forest Glen Drive. The pig, believed to be somebody’s pet, was found wandering on Liberty Street in the East Washington area about 5 a.m. on Aug. 28.

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The pig has made some friends during the week he has stayed in the shelter. Aside from endearing himself to the animal control officers and shelter workers and volunteers, he made one rather unusual friend — a 2-year-old male pit bull.

On Wednesday, the oinker — who hasn’t been named — figured out how to use his snout to push up the gate between his cage and the pit bull’s cage. The two forged a friendship, even posing for a picture in the cage, but they were separated soon after because of safety precautions.

Despite having a porker in the animal shelter, Animal Control Chief Meghann McGillvray-Chapin said it wasn’t the most unusual animal ever to take shelter at the facility. Baby deer, goats and even an 8-foot albino Burmese python also have been under animal control’s care in recent years.

The pig is available for adoption, McGillvray-Chapin said. The officers are taking extra precautions to ensure this little piggy goes to the right home.

“We want to make sure the family that does adopt it, they’re going to keep it as a pet,” McGillvray-Chapin said.

Shortly after the pig arrived at the shelter, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals contacted the shelter and said they had a family in Suffolk who was interested in adopting the oinker, but McGillvray-Chapin said she hasn’t heard from them since.

The animal control chief is used to working around unusual animals in the shelter, she added. Piggy hasn’t been a problem since his arrival.

For more information on adopting the pig, call 514-7855.